Legal action likely if radiation exposure detected at Fort Bliss
POSTED: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 9:55pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 9:57pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Radioactive materials were found in a bunker at Fort Bliss, and while officials on post don't believe anyone was exposed, we spoke with a legal expert today about the potential ramifications should someone end up getting sick. Dr. Shezad Malik has represented numerous clients who have been to radiation as part of class action lawsuits. The Dallas attorney is also a medical doctor.
Here is a part of our conversation with Dr. Malik:
Newschannel 9: "We were told today there are no records as to what was buried on that site. Can legal action be taken against the military or the Department of Defense because there are no records? Does that complicate things?
Dr. Malik: "It does complicate the case, but I'm sure the military being a bureaucracy, they will keep some records, and the records ought to be found and they'll be in some place on some dusty shelf somewhere that perhaps people don't remember or don't know. Unfortunately that's the problem with the Department of Defense, it's this huge bureaucracy."
Newschannel 9: "The Army is saying this property was under the control of the Airforce back when this material was buried, so what legal action can be taken in this case if it was indeed Airforce property at the time?"
Dr. Malik: "Well, the issue all comes under the Department of Defense at the end of the day, whether it's Army, whether it's Navy. No matter the branch of military at the end of the day it's the Department of Defense the overarching group of people, and then you'd have a claim against the federal government and the United States."